Sound of Silents: Curious Youth

Thursday 27 October | 7.30PM

Octagon Chapel, Norwich

An evening of archive film accompanied by original live music.

Featuring a range of footage from the East Anglian Film Archive that explores the curiosity of childhood and youth, from amateur home footage to educational films, news items and animation. With live original soundtracks by local musicians Broads feat. Jess Blake, Kitty Perrin and Milly Hirst.

The project is part of the BFI Film Audience Network’s CURIOUS, a UK wide screen heritage programme that celebrates the human desire to learn more about the people and things around us. Click here to find out more.

The Octagon Chapel is a Unitarian Chapel located in Colegate, Norwich. The Chapel is a grade II* listed building. completed in 1756 by the architect Thomas Ivory. There is wheelchair access to the rear of the building and an accessible toilet.

Tickets Pay What You Can (£6, £8, £10)


Broads is the solo project of Norfolk-based electronic musician James Ferguson. His latest album ‘Touch Machine’ released in September this year, furthers the Broads blueprint of weaving dense textures, accidental harmonies and glitchy beats into hypnotic, danceable, gently building pieces. Broads will be joined by drummer Jess Blake, having previously trained and performed with Japanese drumming group Taiko Centre East, her style combines Taiko with an interest in electronic music and synthesised drum sounds. Their collaborative performance for the Sounds of Silents event will feature repurposed tracks from Touch Machine, as well as new pieces created specifically for the occasion.

Take a listen to Broads latest album here



Kitty Perrin is a singer-songwriter based in Norwich, having relocated from Brighton for University and quickly built a name for herself in East Anglia. Through melancholy indie-pop, she shares intimate and personal stories with her listeners, coloured by sharp and sometimes caustic lyrics. Kitty released her debut EP ‘Stick It Out‘ this year.

Alongside making her own music, she also works as a Radio presenter for BBC Radio Norfolk on their youth focused show ‘The Social’, and the BBC Introducing show, which supports new and emerging local musicians.

Take a listen to Kitty’s music here



Milly Hirst is a singer and songwriter, and lover of archive film. Musically inspired by history and storytelling, they have provided live soundtracks for the BFI Britain on Film project, and the single Bury Me Close to Home for the WW1 legacy project Fiercest Light. In 2020 they worked with the band Broads to release Ollust, a body of music inspired by places and archive films from Norfolk.

‘Hirst sings with their soul, of love, longing, pain, melancholy and joy. It’s close your eyes and sing-along as it washes over you music. “Rose”, in particular, is sublime. As delicate as its subject, wistful and heartfelt it leads you, floating to meet this Rose, to see her and understand her.’ Alphabet Bands review

Listen to some of Milly’s music here


The event will feature a range of footage from the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) – the regional film archive for the East of England. Established in 1976, EAFA’s holdings of film, video and digital moving images are rich and varied and include unique collections from ITV Anglia, BBC East, and the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC). Click here to find out more.

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